Kompas, 8 March 2018
Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) Executive Director Danang Girindrawardana said in Jakarta on Wednesday (March 7) that oil palm farmers are hampered by land status issues to join a replanting programme. Half of the lands are identified as forest areas. The Environment and Forestry Ministry, however, cannot easily revoke the forest area status. Danang said one of the solutions that the government could take is to look closely into the locations and borders, determine forest areas and non-forest areas and provide solutions for farmers whose lands are classified as forest areas. If this issue remains unresolved, it will be difficult to achieve the replanting programme target, he said.
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